The Cincinnati Reds have placed infielder Mike Moustakas on the 60-day injured list. He had been on the 10-day injured list with a foot injury and after going on a rehab assignment on Tuesday with the Triple-A Louisville Bats he left after his third at-bat, a single, and returned to Cincinnati after he felt soreness in his foot. He was examined by the team doctors and it would seem that whatever they saw wasn’t as good as everyone had hoped as he was placed on the 60-day injured list which will mean he won’t be returning for at least the next month.

Taking his place on the 40-man roster will be left-handed pitcher Josh Osich, who was also called up to the big leagues from Triple-A Louisville to take the spot on the big league team of Ashton Goudeau.

Josh Osich has been in Triple-A this year where he’s posted a 5.40 ERA in 15.0 innings while allowing 11 hits – 2 home runs – to go along with six walks and 15 strikeouts. This season he’s had reverse splits in the minors, striking out just three lefties in 18 plate appearances while they’ve hit .188/.278/.500 against him. Righties have hit just .200/.273/.300 against him with 12 strikeouts in 44 plate appearances against him this season in Triple-A. Last season he split time between the Cubs and Red Sox rosters, throwing in 17 games and posting a 6.38 ERA in 18.1 innings with 24 strikeouts but also giving up six home runs.

For Ashton Goudeau, he’s heading back to Louisville after spending the last two weeks with the Reds where he threw 5.0 innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits and eight walks. He entered the game on Friday night in the 4th inning and threw 53 pitches before being removed. That likely would have made him unavailable for a few days.

Updates on Tejay Antone and Sonny Gray

Tejay Antone will throw a bullpen session again on Sunday and if that one goes well he is likely to be activated on Tuesday according to manager David Bell who spoke briefly about it on Saturday afternoon prior to the game. Sonny Gray is set to throw a “game like” bullpen session on Monday as he works his way back.

18 Responses

  1. JB

    Why not Diehl who is a lefty? Am I missing something here?

  2. Old-school

    My starting 3b after the All star break is 26 yo Nick Senzel. Criticize as you will but who is more like likely to be healthy and productive in 2022/23/24 at 3b? Suarez @30/31/33 moose at 33/34/35 or Senzel at 26/27/28

      • TR

        I think a lot of the injury is the result of playing outside of his natural position, third or second base. That’s been the case since he was signed out of U. T.

      • RojoB

        @TR I speculate that could be a part of it, but it can never be proven.

        Interesting how a lot of folks want to blame Suarez’s plummet on “playing out of position” at SS to begin the year, but refuse to acknowledge it as an excuse for Nick Senzel.

        If the Reds were daring, they would have traded Suarez at his peak right as Senzel came up–they may have been able to get the true CF they needed for that at the time. No way of knowing or proving that, either.

      • Tom Reeves

        He was hurt and battled vertigo in the minors even when he played IF.

        I wouldn’t be shocked if Senzel has some sort of auto-immune issue with the way he battles injuries, headaches, vertigo, etc.

        It’s sad because he’s immensely talented.

        I don’t know that he’s ever gotten into a major league rhythm – his growth as always been interrupted.

    • RojoB

      I’m down with it but i’m biased in favor of Senzel

  3. Doc

    Somebody who hasn’t been healthy for the last 3 years or so is more likely to be healthy and productive than someone whose only missed time in those 3 years was a few weeks due to a broken thumb. Interesting assumption.

    • TR

      The guy with the broken thumb hasn’t played out of position, over the years, in the outfield either.

    • RojoB

      Doc, you see that the above argument is based on age and not past history.

      Even so, your point cannot be ignored.

  4. Indy Red Man

    Moose? Lets go give a guy in his 30s with a .750 career ops $65 mil or whatever? They didn’t get suckered into paying Scooter big $ so why Moose? Because he has a ring? Paying takers like Moose and Shogo and Suarez = losing rakers like Castellanos

    • RojoB

      Moustakas was PR. They only wanted to put on a show of “getting the hitting” that off season

      • ohiojimwalker

        Yes, when Moose showed up on a TV commercial hawking cars almost or even before he had played a game for the Reds, it took me back all those decades ago to when the arrival of the Bengals meant the Browns were no longer our “home” team on CBS; and, we indunated with TV ads featuring the likenesses of various Detroit Lions, the new home team, hawking all sorts of products.

  5. Swampdonkey

    After another horrid bullpen game we are getting reinforcements by osich. Really seems like the reds care about taking this division. On a side note, we signed Logan Morrison. I bet you see a call up of Morrison before the reds actually make a gutsy move and actually promote a pitcher who is playing g well.

  6. ohiojimwalker

    This seemed a likely event when Moose came in from the rehab with issues. If surgery seems a strong possibility, for my part, I say go on and get it done sooner versus later to enhance the chances he is ready to go full bore from the start in 2022.

    After all, the team has played its most sustained period of better baseball since he went down. Yes, he might have added to the mix but again there would have been shuffling and possible upheaval involved in getting him back in the mix which could have caused negative results.

  7. Votto4life

    The Reds will have an opportunity to reinvent themselves after the big contracts come off the books in 2023-24. I would invest in Winker long term but otherwise try not commit to any expensive LTCs until then.

    As a Red’s fan, I would love for them to spend money on a real SS and bullpen help, but this past winter made it clear that Bob is not going to increase the payroll.

    I just hope Bob is willing to spend money once Nick, Moose, Shogo and Joey’s salaries come off the books. If not then, there is really no hope at all.

  8. James

    But for real. Why did Jose Osich of all people get called up? Why? Look at his horrible ERA! Seriously!! 5.40era!!!! We need another bad reliever like we need a hole in the head!!! Does someone have an exceptional answer??